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What is a Sumo Orange?

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  • A hybrid orange of Japanese origin 
  • One of the largest Mandarins available
  • Recognized by a top knot-type bump on its head
  • Thick, easy-to-peel skin and candy sweet taste with more concentrated citrus flavor than a standard orange 
  • Contain 160 percent of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake
  • Great for cold prevention
  • We source our Sumo Oranges from our friends at Melissa’s Produce.

Sumo Orange Recipe Inspiration

Vegan Orange Tofu Recipe



  • ⅓ cup orange juice, from one large sumo orange
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. compliant ketchup (no added sugar)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. tapioca starch or tapioca flour


  • 12 oz. firm tofu
  • Green onion, sliced
  • Sesame seeds
  • ½ cup raw cashews


  • Cover the tofu in towels on top of a plate, then gently place a cast iron skillet on top for 15-30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Chop the tofu into cubes.
  • Place a skillet on the stove over medium heat and coat with oil.
  • Cook the tofu until golden on all sides, gently flipping to ensure all sides are cooked.
  • While the tofu cooks, prepare the sauce. Start by juicing the orange (I did this by hand. You don’t need a fancy juicer). You can strain the orange juice to get rid of the pulp, but it’s necessary.
  • Whisk all of the remaining sauce ingredients together. Set aside. Add red pepper, if desired, for a little heat.
  • Once the tofu is cooked, remove it from the skillet and set aside. Wipe out the skillet and place it back on the stove over medium-low heat.
  • Add the sauce to the skillet and bring it to a simmer.
    Combine 1 Tbsp. of tapioca starch or tapioca flour and 2 Tbsp. of water. Stir to form a paste, then pour the paste into the skillet, stirring immediately. Allow to simmer for a few minutes. If the paste is clumpy, turn up the heat and stir until combined.
  • Once the sauce has thickened slightly, add the tofu and cashews and stir to cover each piece completely.
  • Top with additional sesame seeds and green onions and serve with sautéed broccoli, rice and/or fried rice, if desired.

Note: To reheat leftovers, use a skillet on the stove instead of a microwave for best results.